Our Supporters

Our “sponsors” are persons or organizations that have donated (or pledged to donate) funds to BDTI in order to support its mission to improve corporate governance in Japan, the quality of decision-making by Japanese boards, and Japan’ economy and markets. In addition, many others have also supported BDTI in various other ways since our formation in 2009.  Most of these supporters are listed here.  If we have missed anyone, please let us know!  All of you deserve credit and thanks.

BDTI is extremely grateful for the generous financial support which has been extended by its “Special Sponsors”, each of whom has donated ¥300,000 or more – sometimes significantly more. In this group, “Sustaining Donors” are those sponsors which have donated more than 300,000 per year on average since they first donated to BDTI, or have purchased three corporate membership units (300,000) on average since they first became a corporate member.

Sustaining Donors

Swiss Institute of Directors

Aflac Life Insurance Japan Ltd.
Baillie Gifford & Co.
Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc.
DUAL Japan Ltd.
FEL Corporation
Fidelity Management & Research (Japan) Limited
GMO(Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo)
Independent Franchise Partners, LLP
Misaki Capital Inc.
Prudential Holdings of Japan, Inc.
Daizo Motoyoshi
Hup Jin Goh
Kathy Matsui
Nicholas Benes Representative Director, BDTI
Tsuyoshi Maruki
“Purchased three corporate membership units  on average)
Lazard Asset Management
Pension Fund Association
Sompo Asset Management Co., Ltd.
“Special Sponsors”
(Donated more than 300,000 Yen at least once)
Advisory Research, Inc.
Asset Value Investors Ltd
CCCJ The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Cosmo Public Relations
Cornwall Capital
La Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ)
Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS)
Fidelity International (フィデリティ投信株式会社)
Franklin Templeton
Hibiki Path Advisors Pte. Ltd. (“Hibiki”)
Ichigo Asset Management, Ltd.
Indus Capital Partners, LLC
Macquarie Capital Securities (Japan) Limited
Matthews International Capital Management, LLC
Morrow Sodali
New Horizon Capital Co., Ltd.
Russell Investments
Shearman & Sterling LLP
State Street Trust and Banking Co., Ltd.
Symphony Financial Partners
Third Point LLC
Donald Kanak
James R. Weisser
Julian Bashore
Katsuya Debari
Masaki Gotoh
Robert F. Grondine Former Partner Lawyer, White & Case L.L.P., Tokyo, Japan
Sayoko Matsumoto Individual
Seishi Ikeda Partner, Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)


Supporters are persons or organizations which support BDTI and its mission in a variety of non-financial ways, ranging from the exchange of research and information; provision of services, networking and introductions to find donors; training program customers and other supporters; and other forms of cooperation.

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ)
Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA)
CFA Society Japan
Codrington Corporate Governance Japan
Harmony Jinzai, Inc.
Rikkyo Institute for Business Law Studies
Stanford Project on Japanese Entrepreneurship (STAJE)
Sunrise Advisors Co., Ltd.
Kenta Kumagai Attorney
Kazutaka Kuroda Executive Committee Member, Japan Sustainable Investment Forum
Takehiro Nakagawa Attorney

Corporate Participating Members

Acropolis Advisors
Advantest Corporation
Anritsu Corporation
Azbil Corporation
Dalton Advisory KK
Farallon Capital Japan LLC
Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd.
Lazard Asset Management
Marathon Asset Management LLP
Misaki Capital Inc.
Panasonic Corporation
Pension Fund Association
Ricoh Japan
Sega Sammy Holdings Inc.
Sompo Asset Management Co., Ltd.
Virtuous Capital LLC

Founding Sponsors

BDTI is also extremely grateful for the generous financial support which has been extended by the following “Founding Sponsors”. Thank you very much!

Allen  T. Atchley Representative Director/CEO, Premier Asset Management Company
Daniel Bernstein President and CEO, Bel Fuse Inc.
Vicki L. Beyer Professor of Law, Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University
Royanne K. Doi Outside Director, Gojo & Company, Inc.
Helen Dulik Individual
Takaaki Eguchi Individual
Takayuki Fujii Individual, Manager of a manufacturing company in Japan
Kyoji Fukao Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University;  Faculty Fellow, RIETI
Makito Hamada Professor, Rikkyo Univ., Business Administration; Lecturer, Aoyama Gakuin; Chairman ACFE Japan
Koichiro Hayashi Former President, Institute of Information Security
Dai Kimura Individual
David A. Makman Law Offices of David Makman
Hajime Matsuura Director of Corporate Engagement Senior japan Equity Specialist
Koichiro Naganuma Executive Director and Chairman of the Board, Asatsu-DK Inc.
Yuuichiro Nakajima Managing Partner at Crimson Phoenix K.K.
Kazuo Noda Chairman, Japan Research Institute
Barrett O’Neill Individual
Thierry Porte Operating Partner, J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC
Akio Sashida Regular member, The CFA Society of Japan Inc.
Takaya Seki Managing Director, Corporate Practice Partners, Inc.; Lecturer, Meiji Univ., Graduate School of Global Business
Akihisa Shiozaki Attorney, Nagashima, Ohno & Tsunematau
Tadao Suzuki Former Chairman of Mercian Corporation
Shinya Tsujimoto Individual
Masataka Ueda Individual
Bradford Walters Individual
K.K. Curtis Herron Corporate Training Firm
Glen S. Wood Global Financial Analyst, Author, Media Contributor

These are of course only the names of the donors which we are permitted to disclose at this time. (In fact, BDTI was supported by over 250 founding sponsors in total.) Therefore, we would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to those other parties who have made anonymous contributions not listed here.

Other Supporters

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